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Using Technology To Keep Carbon Emissions In Check

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 3:19pm

Renewable energy is only one of the steps toward achieving the goals set by the Paris climate deal. We take a trip around North America to explore other ways of keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.

4 New Elements Are Added To the Periodic Table

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 9:19am

With the discoveries now confirmed, "The 7th period of the periodic table of elements is complete," according to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer's

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 4:05am

A mouse's brain clears out toxins during periods of deep sleep — including toxins that form the sticky plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. Could the same hold true for people?

Forgot Something Again? It's Probably Just Normal Aging

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 4:05am

Around age 50, people may begin to forget things. This can be scary. But there are clear differences between the onset of dementia and totally normal, age-related lapses in memory.

An Artistic Time Capsule Prepares To Hitch A Ride To The Moon

Sun, 01/03/2016 - 4:21am

When Carnegie Mellon launches a lunar rover in 2017, the MoonArk will be aboard. It's a lightweight, sturdy "portrait of humanity," carrying the work of more than 200 artists and designers.

Encore: Meteorologists Launch Balloons To Collect Weather Data

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 3:26pm

Member station KUCB tagged along with a meteorologist at one of America's most remote weather stations. This story originally aired on Dec. 22, 2015, on All Things Considered.

'Concussion' Forces Football Players To Contemplate Safety Risks

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 3:26pm

The new film Concussion has many football players thinking about the possible long-term health risks of the game. But that hasn't stopped two brothers from taking the field.

Can Psychology Teach Us How To Stick To New Year's Resolutions?

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 3:26pm

Research out of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania suggests that people see New Year's Day, their birthdays and even the start of a new month or week as "temporal landmarks" — an imaginary line demarcating the old "inferior" self from a new and improved version. That explains why we often fail at resolutions — our new selves are usually not much better than the old ones. But it also suggests how we might stick to our resolutions — use more temporal landmarks to reach our goals.

Oil Production Fuels Earthquake Surge In Oklahoma

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Todd Halihan, a professor in the school of geology at Oklahoma State, about how Oklahoma has now surpassed California for seismic activity.

New Year's Day Quake In Oklahoma City Amid Increasing Seismic Activity

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 2:43pm

The state of Oklahoma saw more than 800 earthquakes with magnitude of 3 or greater in 2015.

A Physicist Dreams Of Catching Dark Matter In The Act

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 3:54am

Hold out your hand for a century, and 100 million particles of dark matter will pass through each second without leaving a trace. Still, a physicist in South Dakota thinks he may be able to catch one.

Netflix And Chew: How Binge Watching Affects Our Eating Habits

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 3:57pm

Lots of research suggests munching while watching TV promotes mindless eating. Overall viewing time is a key factor. But the genre of what you are watching may also influence how much you consume.

Want To Avoid A Hangover? Science Has Got You Covered

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:17am

Champagne and other booze flow freely on New Year's Eve. But if you want to wake to a new year without the side effects of alcohol, don't fret: We've got science-based tips for avoiding that headache.

The Year In Eggs: Everyone's Going Cage-Free, Except Supermarkets

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 4:04pm

Egg producers who for years said they couldn't give up cages for egg-laying hens made the switch to cage-free in 2015. Big egg buyers, including McDonald's, Nestle and Subway, made commitments, too.

Giving Birth Outside A Hospital Is A Little Riskier For The Baby

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 4:01pm

A big study finds the risk that the baby will die soon after delivery is twice as high if the delivery was planned for home or a birthing center versus the hospital, but such deaths are very rare.

VIDEO: Meet The Bots That Beat The Obstacles

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 2:39pm

A robot unveiled by Disney researchers can drive up vertical surfaces. Other machines pushing boundaries: a bot that can jump on water without sinking, and a bot that flies like a bird.

To Conquer Fear, A Man Turns Rejection Into A Game

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 8:11am

Jason Comely was terrified of being rejected. The only cure, he figured, was to get rejected on purpose, once a day. It started to hurt less and less. And then it actually started to become fun.

A 'Celtic Curse' Has Roots Stretching Back To The Bronze Age

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 6:27pm

In people with hemochromatosis, iron builds up and can overload the heart and other organs. Geneticists looking at 5,000-year-old human remains say the disorder may have had evolutionary advantages.

Towns Along The Mississippi River Evacuate As Floodwaters Swell

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 5:03pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon activated the National Guard as flooding closed interstate highways and forced people from their homes. The river is expected to crest Thursday at its highest level since 1993.

A Cause For Cautious Celebration: Guinea Is Ebola-Free

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 3:36pm

After two years and over 2,500 deaths, the country's epidemic has officially ended, the World Health Organization says. Health groups will be watching to ensure the virus doesn't re-emerge.

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